Report on Iloilo Field Mission Visit May 27-29, 2013

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Report on Iloilo Field Mission Visit

May 27
-
29, 2013


I

gave a presentation
in Iloilo Municipal Hall
on how the “Solar
-
powered Clean Water System (SCWS)

with Rainwater Harvesting, Emergency Lighting and Cellular Phone Charging Stations” works.





Site
Inspection

# 1:
Brgy. Buntatala

The
Barangay veranda as
installation site for the system has the following advantages:

(1) t
here will always
be
someone to watch over the system,

(2)
the veranda is strong enough to hold the water tanks, and


(3)
the sola
r powering devices can be secured.







We also inspected an old concrete water tank

which water capacity is
four time
s

bigger
than what we intend to install.
With some tests
,
we will be able to determine if this structure
can
still

hold water.
If it i
s still good,
we can install a rain
water harvesting set
-
up
above it to let rainwater flow into it. The set
-
up can also house the solar and control devices.
Faster flow of water can be attained in this set
-
up because the tank is three
-
storey high.

However, the barangay officials raised a concern


it is not fully government
-
owned. Thus, there will be some paper
processing needed to use the facility. Moreover,
there

will be

no full
-
time personnel
who can
man

the system.

F
uture problems
may arise

when change

of administration from
either party

occurs.


Thus, we agreed to install the system on the Barangay Hall veranda and not anymore use the existing tanks
.





Site Inspection
#2:
Brgy.
Balabago

S
everal installation
site
options
are
considered
.








Option 1: A
t
the front veranda on the
2
nd

floor
of the Barangay Hall


There is

n
o

need to do civi
l works
thus,
the SCWS
can be
doubled
.

However,
the
B
arangay
C
aptain is worried that it will block the front view of the hall

or

it might be an eyesore.





Option 2:
At the side of the
B
arangay
H
all

T
h
ere is enough space
to do civil works but only one

SCWS can be installed.






Option 3: The area recommended by the Barangay Captain.

T
his area will need to be reinforced
with
st
urdier materials

that will
be
able to support 2.
4

cubic meters of water.





Option
3
was chosen

but w
e agreed to
find
ways to strengthen the GI roofing area (probably
through
C
-
purlins,

angle

brace bars and additional posts) so we could install two sets of SCWS.














Site Inspection
#3: Brgy. San Isidro

The Barangay Captain gave us several options.


Option 1: At the barangay hall.





Option 2
:
At the resettlement area

W
e could install the tanks at the concrete roof deck of the
M
ulti
-
P
urpose
H
all

and get rainwater from

the
M
aterial
s

R
ecovery
F
acility (MRF).








Option 3
:
At the U
swag High School (being constructed right now but
is
expected to be done
within the

year)

This site provides

more height

for water tanks and

roofing
/
gutter system is new
.

T
here is a
lso a

platform where tanks

can be placed
.





We agreed to install
the system

in

the
school which is
at
the center of the resettlement area.








Site
Inspection

#4:
Brgy.
Dungon
-
A

T
he barangay officials are thin
king of three
possible
areas
where
SCWS

can be placed
.




Option 1:
the concrete roof deck of the newly constructed comfort rooms

The problem is th
is area i
s too small for the water tanks

and

is

not too hygienic to have a tank of drinking water atop comfort rooms
.










Option 2: Barangay Hall
veranda

which c
an hold two sets of SCWS tanks




Option 3: P
ut it on the tie b
eam of the two columns
of the Uswag Gym

However, a platform must be constructed
that will be supported by the
tie beam
on one side

and

the roofing of the adjacent building

on the other side of the platform
.

We also need to check the structural loading of the tie beam if it can hold an addition
al 2.4 tons of load.








The barangay captain and her council
are inclined to choose Option 3


but they decided to
meet with the other officials to discuss the different options
.




Site Inspection
#5:
Brgy.
Calubihan

There is no space in and around the Barangay Hall big enough

to
house the SCWS
or where
a concrete pedestal

can be constructed
.





One
barangay official
suggested that the system be installed in the Lions International building, which is adjacent to the

Barangay Hall. However,
they need to make arrangement with
Lions International

before we could install it.



We agree
d

that the barangay officials meet with the Lions International to discuss the details of the MOA.